Adds dark exterior accents, 20-inch wheels, and more.
Ford has added a new XLT Sport Appearance Package to the 2017 Ford Explorer‘s options list. The new package adds unique interior and exterior details to the popular family SUV. The package makes its debut at the 2016 Chicago auto show this week.
“Our Sport Appearance philosophy is rooted in the fact that we know exterior appearance is the No. 1 consideration in SUV purchase decisions,” said Omar Odeh, Explorer brand marketing manager, in a release. “The XLT Sport Appearance Package is a dramatic offering that gives customers another attractive option.”
Exterior changes with the new XLT Sport Appearance Package include new Magnetic Gray accents including the front grille, mirror caps, rear applique, and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels. Other exterior details include an “Explorer” hood badge, Ebony Black body side cladding, and a Black roof rack.
Inside, the front seats gain Dark Earth Gray leather seat bolsters from Salerno and Dark Earth Gray Miko suede on the center of the seats and door panel trim. Umber contrast stitching is used on the seats and the door panels. The package also includes a set of Explorer logo floor mats.
“In the market right now, across all our SUVs, customers are looking for unique colors, wheels and interior appointments,” said Odeh. “We’ve worked closely with Ford Design to deliver a unique look that will resonate with customers.”
The new XLT Sport Appearance Package comes with the same equipment as the Explorer XLT including the 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The new package brings the total number of variations of the popular SUV to six, including base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum models.
Additionally, the 2017 Ford Escape SE and Titanium models will be available with a new Sport Appearance Package, which features high-gloss Ebony Black upper grille and 19-inch alloy wheels, black beltline molding and front fenders on the outside and partial leather sport seats with contrast stitching inside.